For me, Roger Moore was the best 007 agent of all times. Though Bond fans always regarded Sean Connery as the most loved 007, Roger Moore filled his space by working in seven Bond movies from 1973 till 1985. The 70’s and 80’s era was full of Bond comics in Indian comics market. My childhood was filled with reading all sorts of comics ranging from Phantom, Mandrake to James Bond comic series. It was the James Bond comics that made me familiar with 007.
My maternal uncle was a huge die-hard fan of Roger Moore and wouldn’t stop praising his favorite Bond movie – ‘The Spy who loved me’. I got the opportunity to watch ‘The Spy who loved me’ in 2003 and became a huge fan of Roger Moore after this. Then there was no stopping for this Bond Fan. I watched all Bond movies, especially of Roger Moore. ‘The Spy who loved me’ was one of the expensive Bond movies of all times, filled with nail biting action sequences, hot Bond girls and sophisticated villains. This Bond flick got popular for its antagonist – The Jaws. It was the first time that the role of Bond girl actress ‘Barbara Bach’ was author-backed. She is equal to 007 in every aspect and is hell bent to avenge the death of her lover who is mistakenly killed by Bond. In the climax, the female spy finally succumbs to Bond’s charm. I won’t give any spoilers about this Bond movie. Just watch the movie to live the Bond thrill.
After the exit of Sean Connery, it was Roger Moore who stepped in the shoes of 007 with his wits and charm. Roger’s first Bond movie was ‘The Man with the golden gun’. Though the movie was an average fare, it was ‘The Spy who loved me’ that brought Roger Moore in lime light. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Octopussy’, ‘Moonraker’, ‘Live and let die’ and ‘A view to a kill’ which featured Roger Moore as 007. What captivate me to watch a Bond movie are its first 15 minutes of action-packed opening sequence, the sexy Bond girls and the high-tech Bond villains. The sleek gadgets, Asto Martin car bring more completeness to Bond movies.
Roger Moore was also popular for playing Sherlock Holmes and Simon Templar in the TV series ‘The Saint’. Roger breathed his last on 23rd May 2017 due to cancer. With departure of Roger Moore, the golden era of Hollywood has ended. After Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan is the only actor who could bring the charm of 007 on screen.
I bid farewell to Roger Moore and hope that Gods serve him his favorite Vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred.